Monday, October 15, 2007

From Corporations to Nature ...

Posted By on Mon, Oct 15, 2007 at 11:37 AM

Local members of the Alliance for Democracy are hosting the organization's national convention in Tucson on Nov. 1-4. If interested, here is the info:

Alliance for Democracy's 7th annual national convention, entitled “Shifting Power From Corporate Rights to the Rights of People and Nature" will be held in Tucson Nov. 1 to 4 at the First Christian Church, 740 E. Speedway Blvd. All programs are open to the public and everyone is invited to attend any or all sessions, beginning Friday afternoon, Nov. 2.

The Alliance was founded in 1996 to challenge the tremendous power of corporations over our lives, our communities and our country’s elections, economy, environment, media and culture. With 17 chapters and 10 activist groups across the country, we are dedicated to building rights-based, participatory democracy from the grassroots up, encouraging member activism to fight corporate dominance at every level of government.

Convention highlights include: the Tapestry of the Commons presentation, Friday at 3:15 p.m., and Saturday workshops (starting at 10:00 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.) on such issues as water, corporate globalization, healthcare and sustainable communities, with participants from the Tucson community that focus on the convention theme. For full details, please visit www.thealliancefordemocracy.org

Friday evening, Thomas Linzey will give the keynote address on “How Rural America Is Taking on Settled Law and Asserting Local Authority Over Corporations.” Linzey is founder of the Community Legal Environmental Defense Fund in Pennsylvania where he's helped more than 100 towns assert their community rights over corporations.

The Saturday evening panel discussion is titled: “How Corporations Use Trade, Immigration and the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America to Destroy Communities in the United States and Mexico.” Local panelists include Rick Ufford-Chase, Isabel Garcia and Rev. John Fife. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the programs begin at 7:30.

Sunday’s program, at the The Riverpark Inn, 310 S. Freeway Drive, will focus on “Building Sustainable Communities, with representatives from the following groups: Sustainable Tucson, a Tucson co-housing community; Tucson’s Food Conspiracy Coop; and the new “off the grid” Hundredfold Farm Housing Cooperative located near Gettysburg, Pa. Following lunch, there will be a workshop, "Moving Forward: Tucson Ordinance – Confronting Corporate Power."

Tom Neilson, the Bard Insurgent, will provide music throughout the convention. Praised as a “master of parody,” Neilson’s performances include appropriate send-ups of “the greedy and powerful in the media, corporate and political world.”

Cost for the entire convention is $60 or $30 for each day. The evening programs on Friday and Saturday are $10, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Please join AfD members at community meals. You may make reservations up to Friday, Oct. 26 by emailing afd@thealliancefordemocracy.org and then pay at the door. Saturday lunch is $10, catered by Food Conspiracy Coop and Sunday by the Riverpark Inn. Friday and Saturday dinner is $17, catered by Spice of Life (Friday) and El Molinito (Saturday).

For more information, contact CJ Jones at 622-3580 or cj@mcn.org.

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